Bringing home marines from India 'neither simple nor quick'

Italy presses for international arbitration in murder case

(ANSA) - Rome, May 7 - Bringing home two Italian marines held in India for murder will be "neither simple nor quick," Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini told the Lower House during question time. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been kept in India under mobility restrictions while awaiting trial for over two years, after allegedly shooting dead fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki aboard their trawler.
    Last month the Italian government announced it was opening a "new phase" in the saga, replacing its special envoy on the case and sending its ambassador back to New Delhi to help steer the case towards arbitration by an international like the UN.
    Italy is currently appealing to India's top court against NIA anti-terrorism prosectors taking the case. Rome has also requested the pair be allowed to return home and the whole case be dropped after countless delays in Indian proceedings, which Mogherini says the government "does not recognize". Speaking to the House, she said that she and Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti had both spoken to the pair "a half hour ago, to outline all the steps involved in the new phase we're in".


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